How to Train Your Dragon Sequels
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon, the first film in the series, was released on March 26, 2010. It was directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. The film is loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The film grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named Hiccup aspires to follow his tribe’s tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After finally capturing his first dragon, and with his chance at finally gaining the tribe’s acceptance, he finds that he no longer has the desire to kill it and instead befriends it.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
A sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, was confirmed on April 27, 2010. The film is being directed and written by Dean DeBlois, the co-director of the first film. Bonnie Arnold, the producer of the first film, is also returning, with Chris Sanders, who co-directed the first film, only exec-producing this time. The film is scheduled for release on June 20, 2014. It was announced that the entire original voice cast – Baruchel, Ferguson, Ferrera, Hill, Mintz-Plasse, Miller and Wiig – would return for the sequel. John Powell, the composer of the first score, will also return for the second and third film.
An interview with Dean DeBlois revealed this about the sequel: “At the end of last film, all these Vikings who were previously somewhat landlocked are now on the backs of dragons so the entire Northern Hemisphere opens up to them. And with that Hiccup’s curiosity increases, the map expands and inevitably they are going to come across new dragons, new cultures.”
On June 19, 2012, it was announced that Kit Harrington, of Game of Thrones fame, was cast as the film’s yet to be announced villain.
How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2016)
DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has confirmed that at least one more sequel is being planned after How to Train Your Dragon 2, making for 3 total films of How to Train Your Dragon. Dean DeBlois, the director of the How to Train Your Dragon 2, said that it is being intentionally designed as the second film in the trilogy: “There are certain characters and situations that come into play in the second film that will become much more crucial to the story by the third.” DeBlois said in an interview that the third part will be released in 2016.

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